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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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Kris Kemp

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Nashville
(615) 742-6237 TEL
(615) 742-2876 FAX

Kris Kemp

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6237 TEL
(615) 742-2876 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6237 TEL
(615) 742-2876 FAX

Kris Kemp focuses on merger and acquisition transactions, securities offerings and representation of private equity and venture backed companies. In the last five years, Kris has been involved in more than $3 billion worth of M&A transactions. His corporate practice also includes providing capital structure advice to emerging and growth companies. 

Whether his clients are start-up endeavors or publicly traded companies, Kris helps each business find a unique and strategic path for growth and works to identify and resolve potential issues. His practice includes:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Advising both buyers and sellers of public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions and financings, including public and private debt and equity placements; representing executives in the negotiation of compensation arrangements related to strategic transactions.
  • Venture Capital – Representing investors and venture-backed companies in growth equity investments and other financing matters; counseling venture capital firms that invest in companies specializing in advanced manufacturing and materials, energy and environmentally clean technologies, and information and digital media technologies.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Kris was a shareholder and the head of the corporate practice group of Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C.

Memberships

Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Executive Council, Chair (2013-2016); Business Corporations Act Subcommittee (2011-2015)

Nashville Capital Network — Board of Directors

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Accolades

Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2013-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation (2010-2018)

Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

North Carolina State College of Humanities and Social Sciences — Distinguished Alumnus Award (2003)

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